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Scotopteryx luridata (Hufnagel, 1767)

     Scotopteryx luridata luridata (Hufnagel, 1767)
     Scotopteryx luridata plumbaria (Fabricius, 1775)

July Belle
70.0410 (B&F: 1734)

Scotopteryx palumbaria ([Denis & Schiffermüller], 1775)

»Suborder: Glossata
  »Superfamily: Geometroidea
    »Family: Geometridae
      »Subfamily: Larentiinae
        »Tribe: Xanthorhoini

A resident and suspected immigrant that is in serious danger of extinction in both vice-counties; last detected in West Sussex in 1991 and in East Sussex in 2002. Generally seen singly but it occasionally occurs sparingly where established on heathland. Extremely local, elusive and distinctly episodic in appearance. Single-brooded, flying mainly from the third week of May to the same week during August, occasionally from the second week of May. Larvae feed on Gorse and Broom. (Pratt, 2011)

Scotopteryx luridata (Fabricius, 1775)
Studland Dorset, 26 vii 2012
Photo: Keith Alexander

Distribution at 1km scale

Phenology (adult)

No larval records

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